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The Blue Jays are cornering the market on Melkys

May 26, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

A trade on this fine Memorial Day:

In the future, all Melkys will play for the Blue Jays for 15 minutes.

Both Mesa and Walters have been playing in Omaha and are probably going to stay in Triple-A for the Jays.

  1. garybrian - May 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Just what they need. A quality 2nd baseman and another starting pitcher. Whoops sorry they didn’t get it done, did they?

    • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      The Triple A team in Buffalo needed some warm bodies. With this trade, the Jays have recently picked up 4 players for the Buffalo roster.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Obviously, these players are being shuffled off to Triple A Buffalo. Neither of them is good enough to make a major league roster.

  3. yahmule - May 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Mesa’s Melky is short for Melquisedec.

    Thus, Melky Cabrera is the one true Melky.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      This prompted me to look up Cabrera’s name. He is “Melky Astacio Cabrera” as reported on Wikipedia. I was hoping he was really “Melkington” or some thing like that.

      But “Melquisedec” is a great name. I rank ‘Melquisedec Mesa” behind “Arquímedes Euclides Caminero” and ahead of “Rougned Roberto Odor” on my list of “baseball players names I want a grandchild named for”.

      • yahmule - May 26, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Here are some more good baseball names for a kid:

        Cannonball Titcomb

        Johnny Dickshot

        Ed Head


        Middle school should be a breeze for him/her.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I believe there is a Rusty Kuntz out there if the idea is to go with names that can easily be equated to erogenous zones.

        But that is not what I am going for with this grandchild name. Look at “Arquímedes Euclides Caminero”. What great name. Noble even. And rhythmic. Just saying it sounds like you’re chanting Gregorian. if it had to be said on a nice echoing speaker system it would set off ripples in the space-time continuum. Maybe even eddies. I like to think that if that happens then Doug Adams who was a friend of mine would smile wherever he is now.

        Incidentally it was Towel Day yesterday. I hope you had yours with you and didn’t panic

      • yahmule - May 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        It sounds like his parents wanted a scientist, not a ballplayer.

      • Shayna - May 27, 2014 at 3:17 AM

        I love Melquisedec. You’ll find his eponym in Ch. 14 of Genesis in the war of the four kings against the five kings. But I always thought that our first Melky was a Melchior, as in the magi. Disappointing to hear that I’m wrong.

        By the way, I too am completely awestruck by Arquimedes Euclides Caminero. (I assume that each element has four syllables when pronounced by a Spanish speaker. Just a beautiful name.) But still not enough to lure me away from the euphony that is Aramis Ramirez.

        By the way, I was struck by the acquisition of Juan Francisco. Didn’t we have a Francisco clearout a few years ago, in which several players with either the first or last name of Francisco were traded? I assumed that the Francisco ban was still in place.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        I completely agree about “Aramis Ramirez”. He sounds like a fancy cologne. He’s on the list. M y daughter might actually listen to that one rather than groan “Daaaa-aaaad!”

        I had no idea about this mass clear out of Franciscos. What a strange name to pick on. Why not the “Daves” or “Joes”? I don’t know much about J. Francisco other than he’s been a useful bench bat for my fantasy team and when he plays he generally makes an impact so it looks like the shun is off. One thing is certain- if your name is Jose, you should be allowed to play.

  4. shanabartels - May 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    All Melkys originate from the Yankees system.

    • groupofsevenrules - May 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Melky replicants?

      • yahmule - May 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        Invasion of the Melky Snatchers

    • lordd99 - May 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Right. I was about to write the Yankees were the original Melky-Maker market.

  5. twinfan24 - May 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    So, the Jays just called up Hendricks and now acquired Walters. Both are starting pitchers that didn’t work out for the Twins. If the Jays turn one or both into useful pitchers, then you could argue that the Twins pitching coach and staff need to go.

    • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      The Jays have had Walters before. They know his shortcomings; however, they needed another arm in Buffalo to replace Hendriks. In his first start for The Jays, Hendriks left the mound to a standing ovation from the home crowd. We do not know if he can keep it up, but his first start in Toronto was promising.

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